International case studies and role-play

Environmental science

Students are presented with an international case of an environmental ‘incident’, for example the Bopal, India chemical disaster. Students then research the event and present what they have found in a group discussion. From this discussion students are asked to take on specific roles, for example a member of the community affected, a company spokesperson, and environmental scientist and so on.

The students then attend either a mock court of law or a public enquiry. The lecturer acts as the judge. In a follow up exercise the students then use WOLF and the WOLF forum to compare their case to the real outcomes.